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Born September 1, 1928 in Astoria, New York, actor George Maharis was born into a large family of Greek immigrants who owned a restaurant. Initially, Maharis wanted to be a pop singer but drifted into acting instead, and he studied with Lee Strasberg at the famed Actors Studio in New York. In the early 1950s, he found bits of work in early television series, such as Mr. Peepers and The Goodyear Television Playhouse. He also acted in numerous off-Broadway productions and won a 1960 Theatre World Award for his performance in the production of The Zoo Story.

Maharis is best known for his role as Buz Murdock on the hit 1960-1964 CBS TV series Route 66, which was shot on location across many parts of the U.S., and filming often meant a 15-hour per day shooting schedule. During the series, he also began a recording career, cutting several albums and releasing a few singles. In April 1962, Maharis came down with hepatitis during the lensing of the third season. He spent eight weeks recovering and went back to the series but, when he became ill again, he left the series permanently in November 1962. He was replaced on the series by Glenn Corbett. Still suffering from the effects of his illness, Maharis did not work again for nearly two years, when he was well enough to be cast in a starring role in the MGM comedy Quick Before It Melts (1964; with Robert Morse).

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For the remainder of the 1960s, Maharis focused on his film career, with roles in the Paramount drama Sylvia (1965; with Carroll Baker and Joanne Dru), the science fiction thriller The Satan Bug (1965; with Dana Andrews and Anne Francis, and Columbia's counterculture comedy The Happening (1967; with Anthony Quinn and Martha Hyer). None of these films was a major hit, however, and ultimately Maharis again looked to television for a career. In 1970, he took a lead role in the ABC drama The Most Deadly Game in which Ralph Bellamy and Yvette Mimieux also starred, but the series was canceled after 13 episodes. Afterward, Maharis had a number of guest-star roles on such series as Night Gallery, Cannon, and Mission: Impossible. As a boost his career, he posed nude at age 45 for Playgirl's July 1973 issue and was one of the first celebrities to do so, in addition to Gary Conway, Peter Lupus, and Don Stroud.

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Route 66 (1960-1964 CBS TV Series) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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LEFT: Maharis portrayed Buz Murdock on the first three seasons of the hit CBS series Route 66. CENTER: With series co-star Martin Milner. RIGHT: With Deborah Walley in a 1960 episode titled Ten Drops of Water

Quick Before It Melts (1964)

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With Robert Morse and Bernard Fox in the MGM comedy Quick Before It Melts

The Satan Bug (1965) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the United Artists science fiction thriller The Satan Bug with Anne Francis

Sylvia (1965)

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From the Paramount drama Sylvia. LEFT: On the set with Carroll Baker, who portrays the title character. RIGHT: With Joanne Dru

The Happening (1967)

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From the Columbia counterculture comedy The Happening with Anthony Quinn

A Covenant with Death (1967) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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George Maharis and Laura Devon star in the Warner Bros. drama A Covenant with Death

Journey to the Unknown (1968-1969 ABC TV series)

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From the ABC thriller TV anthology series Journey to the Unknown

The Desperados (1969)

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LEFT: From the Columbia western The Desperados with Vince Edwards. RIGHT: Maharis as Jacob Galt

Land Raiders (1969) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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With Arlene Dahl in the Columbia western Land Raiders

The Monk (1969) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the ABC made-for-TV thriller The Monk with Janet Leigh

The Most Deadly Game (1970-1971 ABC TV Series)

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LEFT: Maharis starred alongside Ralph Bellamy and Yvette Mimieux in the ABC series The Most Deady Game. RIGHT: With Barbara Luna in the episode War Games, which aired in November 1970

Police Story (1973-1977 NBC TV Series)

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With Clifton Davis in a 1973 episode of Police Story titled The Ho Chi Minh Trail, which originally aired in November 1973

Thriller (1973-1976 Syndicated TV Series)

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With Jennie Linden in a 1974 episode of Thriller titled Death to Sister Mary

McMillan & Wife (1971-1977 NBC TV Series)

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With Susan Saint James in a 1974 episode of McMillan & Wife titled The Game of Survival

Rich Man, Poor Man (1976 ABC Miniseries) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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In the role of Joey Quales in the ABC miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man

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In the 1970s and 1980s, George Maharis continued acting in theater productions, television series and made-for-TV films, and the occasional theatrically released film. His 1970s output was prolific, as a guest star on such series as McMillan & Wife, The Bionic Woman, Police Story, and Fantasy Island. His made-for-TV films include Murder on Flight 502 (1975; with Hugh O'Brian and Dane Clark), SST: Death Flight (1977; with Peter Graves and Tina Louise), and Crash (1978; with William Shatner and Adrienne Barbeau). By 1985, he had taken up painting as a vocation and quietly retired from acting following his appearance in the horror film Doppelganger (1993; with Drew Barrymore). Maharis, who is gay, is now 84 years old but looks years younger and divides his time between California and New York.

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TELEVISION
Route 66: The Complete Series [DVD] DVD
"Get your kicks" with this popular 1960-64 CBS drama. Looking for adventure after his father's death, sheltered Yale grad Tod Stiles (Martin Milner) took to "the mother road" and roamed America with bad boy Buzz Murdock (George Maharis) in a red-and-white Corvette. Glenn Corbett, as Vietnam vet Linc Case, replaced Maharis in 1963; Nelson Riddle supplied the memorable theme song. All 116 episodes are featured in a 24-disc set. 100 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurettes; bonus program "Great Cars: Corvette"; more. 116 episodes on 24 discs. 100 hrs.

Night Gallery: Season Two [DVD](1971) DVD
All 22 episodes from the second season--featuring such stories as "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes," "With Apologies to Mr. Hyde," "The Devil Is Not Mocked," "Hell's Bells," and "The Caterpillar"--are included in a five-disc set. 18 2/3 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH); art gallery; audio commentary on selected episodes; featurette; photo gallery; TV spots. **22 episodes on 5 discs. 18 2/3 hrs.**

Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection [DVD](1976) DVD
Based on Irwin Shaw's best-selling novel, the groundbreaking ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" starred Nick Nolte and Peter Strauss as German-American New England brothers--rebellious boxer Tom Jordache and driven businessman Rudy Jordache--whose divergent lives are followed from the end of World War II to the 1960s. Susan Blakely plays the woman both siblings are drawn to; with Ed Asner, Fionnula Flanagan, Gloria Grahame, Ray Milland, and William Smith as Falconetti. The story continues in "Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II," as U.S. senator Strauss tries to mentor his brother's son as well as his own stepchild, while at the same time dealing with a mysterious mogul out to destroy him. Peter Haskell, Gregg Henry, James Carroll Jordan, Susan Sullivan also star. 27 1/4 hrs. total on nine discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary on selected episodes.

Murder, She Wrote: The Complete Seventh Season [DVD](1990) DVD
All 22 episodes from season seven--including "Trials & Tribulations," "Suspicion of Murder," "From the Horse's Mouth," "Thursday's Child," and "The Skinny According to Nick Cullhane"--are featured in a five-disc set. 17 1/2 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH). **22 episodes on 5 discs. 17 1/2 hrs.**


FILM
The Mugger [DVD](1958) DVD
Based on the second book in Ed McBain's "87th Precinct" series, this crime drama concerns a mugger who is stealing women's purses and slashing the left cheek of each of his victims. When one of these ladies is murdered by the crook, a police psychiatrist attempts to figure out the identity of the suspect and somehow stop him. Kent Smith, Stefan Schnabel, Nan Martin star. 74 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.

The Satan Bug [DVD](1965) DVD
Thrilling suspenser featuring George Maharis as an ex-government investigator looking into the murder of a scientist and the theft of a killer virus he was developing. The trail leads to the researcher's former assistant, who's planning to unleash the deadly disease upon Los Angeles. Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, and Dana Andrews also star. 114 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

A Covenant With Death [DVD](1967) DVD
Wrongly convicted for the murder of his wife, death row inmate Earl Holliman struggles on the scaffold...and the hangman accidentally dies as a result. Concurrently, his spouse's killer steps forward and confesses. Young jurist George Maharis has the unenviable task of sorting it all out in this tense legal tale; Gene Hackman, Arthur O'Connell, Katy Jurado, Sidney Blackmer co-star. 97 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Land Raiders [DVD](1969) DVD
Action-packed Western saga with Telly Savalas as an Indian-hating landowner who attempts to take over territory owned by the Apaches. When the Apache decide to reclaim their turf, Savalas finds himself in trouble. George Maharis, Arlene Dahl co-star. 101 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Japanese.

The Monk [DVD](1969) DVD
Gustavus "Gus" Monk is a San Francisco private eye/bodyguard who is hired by an underworld lawyer to complete a dangerous task, but gets caught up in a path of deceit and double-crosses when the lawyer and a slew of other people wind up dead. Gripping mystery, created by Blake Edwards, stars George Maharis, Janet Leigh, Carl Betz and Rick Jason. 75 min. Soundtrack: English.

Come Die With Me (1974)/The Invasion Of Carol Enders [DVD](1973) DVD
First, after killing his spendthrift brother in a fit of anger, a wealthy man is blackmailed by his housekeeper into a romance. The only thing standing in the devilish domestic's way is the man's girlfriend...but she has a plan. Engrossing suspense story "Come Die with Me" stars Eileen Brennan, Charles Macaulay, George Maharis, Kathryn Leigh Scott. AKA: "Come Live with Me." Next, a murdered woman gets an unholy chance at dealing retribution to her killer when her spirit takes over the innocent Carol Enders. Can she avenge herself before she becomes a victim for the second time? Bizarre shocker "The Invasion of Carol Enders" stars Meredith Baxter Birney, Christopher Connelly. 135 min. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.

Murder On Flight 502 [DVD](1975) DVD
A transatlantic flight becomes a trip into terror when a passenger is killed and the murderer waits, undiscovered, for his next victim. Thriller stars Robert Stack, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Molly Picon and Sonny Bono. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; biographies; filmographies; photo gallery.

Rich Man, Poor Man: The Complete Collection [DVD](1976) DVD
Based on Irwin Shaw's best-selling novel, the groundbreaking ABC miniseries "Rich Man, Poor Man" starred Nick Nolte and Peter Strauss as German-American New England brothers--rebellious boxer Tom Jordache and driven businessman Rudy Jordache--whose divergent lives are followed from the end of World War II to the 1960s. Susan Blakely plays the woman both siblings are drawn to; with Ed Asner, Fionnula Flanagan, Gloria Grahame, Ray Milland, and William Smith as Falconetti. The story continues in "Rich Man, Poor Man: Book II," as U.S. senator Strauss tries to mentor his brother's son as well as his own stepchild, while at the same time dealing with a mysterious mogul out to destroy him. Peter Haskell, Gregg Henry, James Carroll Jordan, Susan Sullivan also star. 27 1/4 hrs. total on nine discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; audio commentary on selected episodes.

Doppelganger [DVD](1993) DVD
Drew Barrymore turns in an erotically charged performance as a seemingly well-behaved young woman who is accused of killing her mother. Her roommate begins to suspect that two distinct souls, those of a virginal innocent and a carnally insatiable seductress, inhabit Barrymore's body. George Newbern, Sally Kellerman also star. 104 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; photo gallery.

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FILM
Doppelganger (1993) with Drew Barrymore, Dennis Christopher, and Sally Kellerman
The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982) with Lee Horsley, Simon MacCorkindale, Richard Lynch, and Richard Moll
Crash (1978) with William Shatner, Adrienne Barbeau, Brooke Bundy, Ron Glass, Sharon Gless, Joyce Jameson, and Ed Nelson
SST: Death Flight (1977) with Peter Graves, Lorne Greene, Season Hubley, Tina Louise, Burgess Meredith, Doug McClure, and Martin Milner
Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby (1976) with Patty Duke, Broderick Crawford, Ruth Gordon, Tina Louise, Ray Milland, and Donna Mills
Murder on Flight 502 (1975) with Ralph Bellamy, Polly Bergen, Dane Clark, Laraine Day, Fernando Lamas, Farrah Fawcett, Hugh O'Brian, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Stack, and Danny Bonaduce
Death in Space (1974) with Cameron Mitchell, Jeremy Slate, and Robert Walker Jr.
Of Men and Women (1973) with Stephen Boyd, John David Carson, Jack Cassidy, Jackie Cooper, Farrah Fawcett, Barbara Feldon, and Joyce Jameson
The Victim (1972) with Elizabeth Montgomery, Eileen Heckart, and Sue Ane Langdon
The Last Day of the War (1970) with Maria Perschy and Giacomo Rossi-Stuart
The Monk (1969) with Janet Leigh, Rick Jason, Carl Betz, and Jack Albertson
Land Raiders (1969) with Telly Savalas, Arlene Dahl, Guy Rolfe, Jocelyn Lane, and Fernando Rey
The Desperados (1969) with Vince Edwards, Sylvia Syms, Jack Palance, and Neville Brand
Escape to Mindanao (1968) with Nehemiah Persoff, James Shigeta, and Vic Diaz
The Happening (1967) with Anthony Quinn, Michael Parks, Robert Walker Jr., Martha Hyer, Faye Dunaway, Milton Berle, and Clifton James
A Covenant with Death (1967) with Laura Devon, Katy Jurado, Earl Holliman, Arthur O'Connell, Gene Hackman, and Wende Wagner
A Small Rebellion (1969) with Simone Signoret
The Satan Bug (1965) with Richard Basehart, Anne Francis, Dana Andrews, Richard Bull, Frank Sutton, Edward Asner, and Simon Oakland
Sylvia (1965) with Carroll Baker, Joanne Dru, Peter Lawford, Viveca Lindfors, Edmond O'Brien, Aldo Ray, Ann Sothern, Lloyd Bochner, and Nancy Kovack
Quick Before It Melts (1964) with Robert Morse, Anjanette Comer, James Gregory, Michael Constantine, Norman Fell, Bernard Fox, and Yvonne Craig
Exodus (1960) with Paul Newman, Eva Marie Saint, Ralph Richardson, Peter Lawford, Lee J. Cobb, Sal Mineo, and John Derek
The Mugger (1958) with James Franciscus

TELEVISION SERIES
The Most Deadly Game, 1970-1971 ABC TV series. Maharis portrayed Jonathan Croft
Route 66, 1960-1964 CBS TV series. Maharis portrayed Buz Murdock from 1960-1963

TELEVISION GUEST APPEARANCES
Murder, She Wrote, episode Trials and Tribulations, originally aired September 16, 1990
Murder, She Wrote, episode The Fixer-Upper, originally aired February 11, 1990
The Joe Franklin Show, episode Sally Kirkland, Carol Lynley, George Maharis, originally aired December 31, 1989
The Adventures of Superboy, episode Programmed for Death, originally aired December 2, 1989
The Master, episode The Good, the Bad, and the Priceless, originally aired March 23, 1984
Matt Houston, episode The Bikini Murders, originally aired February 3, 1984
Fantasy Island, episode Sitting Duck/Sweet Suzi Swann, originally aired March 6, 1982
Fantasy Island, episode Perfect Husband, The/Volcano, originally aired November 21, 1981
Fantasy Island, episode The Invisible Woman/The Snow Bird, originally aired December 6, 1980
Fantasy Island, episode Aphrodite/Dr. Jeckyll and Miss Hyde, originally aired February 2, 1980
Fantasy Island, episode Seance/Treasure, originally aired January 13, 1979
Logan's Run, episode Night Visitors, originally aired January 23, 1978
Fantasy Island, episode Return to Fantasy Island, originally aired January 20, 1978
Switch, episode Legend of the Macunas: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired October 14 and 21, 1977
The Feather and Father Gang, episode Flight to Mexico, originally aired April 4, 1977
Police Story, episode The Six Foot Stretch, originally aired March 24, 1977
Kojak, episode Lady in the Squadroom, originally aired March 8, 1977
Gibbsville, episode The Price of Everything, originally aired January 1, 1977
The Bionic Woman, episode Jaime's Shield: Parts 1 and 2, originally aired December 15 and 22, 1976
Bert D'Angelo/Superstar, episode Scag, originally aired June 26, 1976
Jigsaw John, episode Plastique, originally aired April 19, 1976
Good Heavens, episode See Jane Run, originally aired March 29, 1976
Rich Man, Poor Man, episode Part V: Chapter 7, originally aired February 23, 1976
Ellery Queen, episode The Adventure of the Judas Tree, originally aired February 1, 1976
Police Story, episode Test of Brotherhood, originally aired November 14, 1975
Nakia, episode Pete, originally aired December 21, 1974
Movin' On, episode The Good Life, originally aired November 7, 1974
McMillan & Wife, episode The Game of Survival, originally aired October 20, 1974
Thriller, episode Death to Sister Mary, originally aired June 15, 1974
The Snoop Sisters, episode The Devil Made Me Do It!, originally aired March 5, 1974
Marcus Welby, M.D., episode Out of Control, originally aired February 26, 1974
Shaft, episode Cop Killer, originally aired January 1, 1974
The Wide World of Mystery, episode Come Die with Me, originally aired January 1, 1974
Police Story, episode The Ho Chi Minh Trail, originally aired November 6, 1973
Barnaby Jones, episode The Deadly Prize, originally aired November 4, 1973
Mission: Impossible, episode The Fountain, originally aired January 26, 1973
Cannon, episode The Rip Off, originally aired November 1, 1972
Medical Center, episode The Pawn, originally aired December 1, 1971
Cade's County, episode The Mustangers, originally aired November 14, 1971
Rod Serling's Night Gallery, episode The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera?, originally aired September 15, 1971
Love Story, episode Spilt Champagne, originally aired December 17, 1968
Journey to the Unknown, episode Miss Belle, originally aired October 24, 1968
The Danny Thomas Hour, episode The Demon Under the Bed, originally aired October 9, 1967
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, episode A Small Rebellion, originally aired February 9, 1966
Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre, episode The Eighth Day, originally aired December 21, 1966
Password All-Stars, episode Betsy Palmer vs. George Maharis, originally aired October 21, 1962
Naked City, episode A Death of Princes, originally aired October 12, 1960
Alcoa Theatre, episode Action Off Screen, originally aired January 11, 1960
Brenner, episode Word of Honor, originally aired July 11, 1959
Naked City, episode Four Sweet Corners, originally aired April 28, 1959
Naked City, episode Fire Island, originally aired March 3, 1959
Naked City, episode The Manhole, originally aired January 6, 1959
Goodyear Playhouse, episode Nobody's Town, originally aired January 27, 1957
The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse, episode Marty, originally aired May 24, 1953

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